This year we had our very first Student Choreography Workshop! Students came to learn about choreography for 2 hours with Miss Simone Vanderwolf and then made up their own routines in small groups and then we performed them for parents. It was such a huge success we are already looking forward to doing it again next year! Come and see our pics from the day HERE.
Here are the top 10 tips for choreographing your own routines from our Workshop.
1. YOU CAN FIND YOUR INSPIRATION IN CHOREOGRAPHY FROM ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING!
It could be a feeling, a song you like, watching another routine, a chair (prop), someone famous/idol, cultural dances, Tv shows/movies, animal movements, colours/objects, a message or story
2. USE THE MUSIC TO TELL A STORY OR DEVELOP A THEME
All music tells a story, so see if you can also find a way to share a story as well! Keep it interesting for your audience and make them want more!
3. BREAK DOWN THE MUSIC AND DEVELOP A PLAN
How many counts of 8 do you have in each section or is it a different time signature? How many counts for your introduction, verse, breakdown and chorus? How are you going to tell your story or theme in each section
4. MAKE SURE YOUR CHORUS SECTIONS ARE THE MOST EXCITING PARTS OF THE DANCE
Think about what steps are going to make the most impact as a group!
5. MAKE YOUR END POSE/MOMENT TIE IN WITH YOUR THEME
Make that last pose or moment keep your audience thinking about your routine and why it was awesome!
6. MAKE SURE YOU USE DIFFERENT ELEMENTS OF DANCE TO KEEP IT INTERESTING
Ask yourself, am I using fast and slow movements, heavy and light movements, smooth and sharp movements, different levels, moving steps, groups and canons, connections with other dancers, or props?
7. DON’T FORGET TO HAVE GREAT TRANSITIONS
Transitions are the parts of the routine where dancers get into a new formation. If they are done well, the dance looks very organised and seamless!
8. MAKE SURE YOU GET YOUR POSITIONS LOOKING BALANCED
Get your dancers into a line of tallest to shortest and use that to balance out your positions on either side. It is not always about the tallest at the back and shortest at the front!
9. ACCENTUATE DIFFERENT PARTS OF THE MUSIC WITH DANCE
Music has so many different layers! Some steps could be on the beat, the off beat or even in time with the rhythm or a particular instrument. Listen to your music with headphones and see if you can hear different accents to emphasise in your dance!
10. TRY SOMETHING DIFFERENT OR MEMORABLE IN YOUR CHOREOGRAPHY!
Make your dance interesting by including one special moment/trick in your dance that makes your audience go “WOW!”
I hope this has been helpful for all you future dance teachers out there or even if you want to do your own routine with friends at home!
Yours in dance!
Principal DIS DANCE